Rachna Gokani > Chambers of Mark Ellison QC > London, England > Lawyer Profile

Chambers of Mark Ellison QC
QEB Hollis Whiteman
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Rachna acts for the defence and prosecution in cases of serious and complex business and general crime. She has extensive experience in multi-jurisdictional cases and in dealing with disclosure of the most sensitive kind, including in the context of a multi-million pound private prosecution for historic fraud offences, believed to be the largest successful private prosecution ever brought by an individual. She has been instructed as junior counsel in cases of domestic and overseas corruption, fraud, money laundering, conspiracy to defraud, arms sanctions offences, false accounting, perverting the course of justice, commercial-scale immigration offences, perjury and historic sexual offences. Appearing alone, she has defended and prosecuted cases of robbery, burglary, weapon possession, possession with intent to supply Class A drugs, sexual assault, arranging child sex offences, religiously aggravated assault and in cases of serious violence. In addition, she is on the SFO’s list of approved counsel. Most recently, she appeared before the Lord Chief Justice in the case of R v Shoyeju [2014] All ER (D) 15 (Mar), a guideline case for misconduct in a public office. Rachna appeared as a junior in the Court of Appeal in the case of R v PD [2011] EWCA Crim 2082. In addition to general crime, Rachna has experience in regulatory law, appearing before the General Medical Council, the Nursing and Midwifery Council and the Solicitors’ Disciplinary Tribunal. Rachna is a contributing author to Blackstone’s Guide to the Bribery Act (Monty Raphael QC; foreword by The Right Hon. Lord Woolf; OUP).


Called Lincoln’s Inn 2006.


Female Fraud Forum; Criminal Bar Association; Fraud Lawyers Association; Young Fraud Lawyers Association.


University of Leicester (2005 LLB (Hons)); College of Law London (2006 Bar Vocational Course (outstanding)); awarded the Lincoln’s Inn Buchanan Prize, 2006; winner of the College of Law Prize for Advocacy, 2006.

Lawyer Rankings

London Bar > Business and regulatory crime (including global investigations)

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 2

Rachna GokaniQEB Hollis WhitemanShe is extremely cerebral, diligent and innovative. She is bright, hardworking and really lives her cases. A joy to instruct.

London Bar > Fraud: crime

(Leading Juniors) Ranked: Tier 3

Rachna GokaniQEB Hollis WhitemanA truly outstanding barrister. Rachna is in her element when prosecuting. She is a superb prosecutor and has bags of experience.